Eighth grader Emily Gizzo proudly pointed out her self portrait, using her fingers to demonstrate to her parents how she used a pencil to blend the shadows on her face.
“I learned that you need to add a lot more detail to make it look realistic,” said Gizzo, 13, a student at Jonas E. Salk Middle School. “Since it’s been up, people have been coming up to me to tell me how good it is. It’s nice to be recognized.”
Gizzo is among the dozens of students from Wisdom Lane and Jonas E. Salk middle schools to show off their artwork at the Levittown Public Library on Tuesday night.
Art teachers, students and families filled the exhibit room at the entrance of the library for two hours, drinking coffee and eating cookies while taking in the mixed media artwork.
Eighth grader Anita Wittner, from Wisdom Lane Middle School, walked around the exhibit scoping out the other students’ artwork, brainstorming for her next artistic endeavor.
Wittner, 14, said she spends a lot of time and effort on her artwork, so she was proud of the two pieces hanging at the library.
Wittner’s works included a multicolored eye, blended to look like a rainbow, and a paper cube with black and white on all sides.
“I don’t mind working during lunch,” she said about her art. “I already made my schedule for next year, and I’m replacing lunch with an art elective.”
“Art has always been my thing,” she added.
Library Director Celeste Watman said the students’ work will be on display through the month of February. On Feb. 26, the artwork by Levittown high school students will be added.
“This gives the students the opportunity to showcase their talents,” Watman said. “And it shows families that we exist and that we also function as a community center.”